Named scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238

How do I apply for a scholarship?

This is not the page to apply for scholarships.

Students who want to apply for scholarships should visit the scholarship page on the Financial Aid site.

The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships. Scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Berry, Edna Cornelia Endowed Nursing Scholarship

The Edna Cornelia Berry Endowed Nursing Scholarship was established in 2008 by Judge Harold F. and Mrs. Edna Jeannette White in honor of Jeannette’s aunt and namesake, Edna Cornelia Berry. The scholarship will be used to support students in The University of Akron’s College of Nursing who, like Ms. Berry, embody excellence in study, a commitment to high standards in nursing care, and a selfless desire to serve others.

Edna Cornelia Berry spent her life unselfishly caring for others. After taking time to help her mother care for her siblings, Ms. Berry attended nursing school later in life, earning her A.B. and R.N. degrees. As an operating room nurse, she dedicated her career to the care of surgical patients at University Hospitals in Cleveland, where she worked closely with Dr. Claude S. Beck, renowned cardiovascular researcher and surgeon. Ms. Berry retired as Head Nurse, Operating Rooms.

Her contributions to health care extended beyond the operating room and into the classroom. Her success as a surgical nurse and expertise in operating room set-up and procedures were the inspiration for the creation of a textbook that would become distributed worldwide and published in two languages. Ms. Berry served as co-author of "Berry & Kohn's Operating Room Technique" and as co-editor of the first four editions. Originally written in 1955, the book has been published in English and Spanish with special editions created for the Philippines, India, South America, and Spain. Now in its eleventh edition, "Berry & Kohn’s Operating Room Technique" is still known as the textbook of choice for understanding basic surgical principles and techniques.

The Edna Cornelia Berry Endowed Nursing Scholarship is to support a student in his/her junior or senior year of nursing at The University of Akron or a student in the University’s Accelerated BSN program. The recipient will be selected by the dean of the College of Nursing with consideration to the highest needs of the students and the profession of nursing. 

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